From [NJ.com] Nearly two decades ago, state officials envisioned a centralized system to track police force and flag bad policies and bad actors. Instead, paper records detailing tens of thousands of violent encounters between police and the public now collect dust in filing cabinets.
The Force Report, a 16-month investigation by NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, found New Jersey's system for tracking police force is broken, with no statewide collection or analysis of the data, little oversight by state officials and no standard practices among local departments.
In an unprecedented undertaking, the news organization filed 506 public records requests and collected 72,607 use-of-force reports. They covered every municipal police department and the State Police from 2012 through 2016, the most recent year of data available. The results are now available at nj.com/force. It is the most comprehensive statewide database of police force ever created and made public in the United States.
As violent encounters by police appear to be on the rise the overall state wide crime declined for the sixth straight year, according to 2017 data reported by local, county and state agencies to the New Jersey State Police. In fact, murders plunged by the biggest amount in decades with the murder rate apparently reaching its lowest level in more than a half-century of record keeping. [MORE] The state violent crime rate is projected to be lower than the national violent crime rate average by 38.3% and the state property crime rate is projected to be lower than the national property crime rate average by 36.98%. [MORE]
A black person was three times more likely to be subjected to police force in New Jersey than someone who was white during the five-year period. They were more than twice as likely to be shot, more likely to be pepper sprayed and more likely to be injured or hospitalized by police.
No matter how you parse it, the use of force by police in New Jersey is not equal.
"This is what I’ve known and lived for years," said Milton Hinton, the former president of the Gloucester County chapter of the NAACP.
NJ Advance Media consulted with independent statisticians and analyzed the use-of-force data to present the most complete and accurate picture of how force was used along racial lines. The inequality crops up again and again.
Strictly comparing the number of uses of force by race against the racial makeup of the state’s population, NJ Advance Media found 214 New Jersey cities and towns where black people were more than twice as likely as white people to have force used against them.
(The population was adjusted to include only people between the ages of 10 and 64 to prevent very young and old people who infrequently face force from skewing the calculations.)
Such calculations, however, are criticized because black people are arrested at higher rates than white people. But studies such as the Stanford Open Policing Project found black and Hispanic people are disproportionately subjected to detention and arrest during traffic stops and searches.
From 2012 through 2016, black people in New Jersey accounted for about 38 percent of arrests, yet they make up only about 14 percent of the adjusted state population.
Even when accounting for the fact that black people are arrested at a higher rate, they are still subjected to force at unequal rates when arrested. There were 173 local jurisdictions where a black person who was arrested was more likely to have force used against them than a white person being arrested. (That's excluding departments with fewer than 25 uses of force.)
In 30 of those jurisdictions, black people were twice as likely to face police force. In Paterson, a black person being arrested was 5.7 times more likely to have force used against them.
Black people were also more likely to face every type of force police use except for the most basic kind, known as a compliance hold or restraint hold. That's despite the fact that, according to the data, black people were less likely to threaten police verbally or physically during a use-of-force incident.
Grewal, the attorney general, said the racial disparities were “troubling” but declined to comment further, saying he needed to review the data in detail.
Worse yet, the numbers showing how often white people face force are probably inflated because of who wasn’t being properly counted: Hispanic people. According to the data, Hispanic people accounted for 9 percent of use-of-force incidents in the five-year period.
They account for 21 percent of the adjusted population.
Lakewood is one of the few towns in New Jersey that has a formal system for reporting force use against its Hispanic population. The Ocean County town is 21 percent Hispanic by the adjusted population, but Hispanics accounted for about 30 percent of the uses of force from 2012 through 2016.
Among the findings:
While using force is a normal and necessary part of policing, NJ Advance Media found glaring disparities across the state that warrant review. Ten percent of officers accounted for 38 percent of all uses of force. A total of 296 officers used force more than five times the state average, according to the database.
Whenever police use force, the stakes are high. At least 9,302 people were injured by police from 2012 through 2016. At least 4,210 of those were serious enough that the subject was sent to the hospital, though reporting of hospitalization is inconsistent. At least 156 officers put at least one person in the hospital in each of the five years reviewed.
Statewide, a black person was more than three times more likely to face police force than someone who is white. In Millville in South Jersey, black people faced police force at more than five times the rate of whites. In South Orange, it was nearly nine times. In Lakewood, it was an astronomical 21 times.
The system for reporting use-of-force by police is a mess. Different departments use different forms, making tracking difficult. Officers self-reported incidents, but thousands of reports were incomplete, illegible, lacking supervisory review or missing altogether. At least 62 times, forms were so sloppy the officers accidentally marked themselves as dead.
New Jersey fails to monitor trends to flag officers who use disproportionately high amounts of force. The state recently implemented a new early warning system to identify potential problem officers but did not mandate tracking use-of-force trends as a criteria, which experts called a gaping hole in oversight.
NJ the Only Police State? And this is where liberal statists begin talking about identifying the worst cops, accountability, transparency, creating more diversity and re-training cops. Such “solutions” as reasonable as they sound, misunderstand the purpose of police and the nature of authority.
In the face of the low crime rate in NJ and elsewhere, the increasing disproportionate use of force and sustained levels of high incarcerations reveal the true role of police. [MORE] Cops are used to manage a white over Black system of unequal power and unequal conditions. Their “authority” is used to manage the behaviors of non-white people within this free range prison. In a crimeogenic society elite racists make sure a large number of non-white people live under conditions causing them to commit crimes with a goal towards placing them in greater confinement. Alex Vitale explains “It is largely a liberal fantasy that the police exist to protect us from the bad guys.” He states, racist suspect liberals project
“a fantasy of color blindness that says the police response is merely a professional technocratic response to where the crime is, but ignore the ways in which our society has been structured along racialized lines and the ways in which poverty in the United States is growing and becoming more entrenched. This includes a lot of white rural communities that are suffering from opioids and other kinds of crime problems.
Our political leaders have chosen to define those communities as criminal rather than as communities that are in deep distress because of entrenched joblessness, discrimination, geographic isolation, etc. If they were to admit that the problems in those communities were the result of market failures, rather than individual moral failures, then they would have to intervene in markets in ways that those who put them in office don’t want them to. To address the problems of inequality in any way other than policing is politically unacceptable in our current political environment.” [MORE]
Liberal reform strategies misunderstand racism/white supremacy because they are apart of it. So-called Black on Black crime is white propaganda. It is “a psycho-political euphemism, unwittingly used and abused by African-Americans and deliberately by Caucasians, describing demographic criminal activity in general, as people commit violent crimes on people who live in closest proximity to them, and the violence mostly occurs by those and to those who are held hostage under chronic and cyclical economically disadvantaged circumstances and environments. Do you ever hear of the slogan "White-on-White" crime? Most violent crimes (by number and by percentage of population) take place by Caucasians against Caucasians. Yet there is no associated terminology [MORE]
Dr. Amos Wilson explains that alleged Black criminality plays a very important role in defining the collective White American ego and personality. ‘While evoking White American fear and loathing, it reassures them of their vaunted self-worth, their assumed innately superior moral standing, of their self-congratulatory self-constraint in contrast with presumed Black American unworthiness, innate inferior moral standing, inherent criminality, lack of self-constraint and self-control. [MORE] He also states, "the perpetual domination of African Americans by White Americans psychically requires the White American criminalization of the African male, i.e., the White American perception of the African male as inherently criminal." [MORE]
At any rate, the continuing pattern of a declining national crime rate blows the logic of such liberal or conservative statist theory about disproportionate arrests and usage of force.
The system of racism/white supremacy is carried out through deception and/or violence. Tactics to diversify police forces, re-train them or wear body-cameras are placebos (like a provisional ballot) to make us feel that change has occurred. With reform in the Spectacle Society we are offered the image and never the reality.
Since Rodney King to this point in history, many episodes have demonstrated cameras only record unlawful police conduct they don’t stop it. Cameras have had a minimal effect on cop accountability and similar to prosecutorial misconduct [such as purposefully not disclosing exculpatory evidence tending to support innocence) done to convict Black defendants, judges and DA’s have subjected cops to serious punishment for lost, undisclosed, edited or remixed police video.
As explained by Neely Fuller, racism is not merely a pattern of individual and/or institutional practice; it is a universal operating "system" of white supremacy and domination in which the majority of the world's white people participate. [MORE] Dr. Frances Cress Welsing further explains, "Within the historic framework of Western civilization and culture (the civilization and culture organized to prevent white genetic annihilation), all white peoples have the spoken or unspoken mandate to participate actively in their collective struggle for global white genetic survival. This specifically means, of necessity, the murder, use of force, greater surveillance, arrest, searches, detentions and movement restrictions of Black and other non-white males whenever it is felt within the white collective to be necessary and, therefore, justified [MORE], Within said context when white police officers [unlawfully stop, detain or search, use force, arrest, falsify reports, plant evidence or execute a Black person, their fellow officers, the police chief, internal affairs, the union, white jurors, judges, prosecutors, citizens and the white media support, defend, and finance the officers “right” to do so. [MORE] In fact, according to the Marshall Project when a white person kills a black man, the killer is eight times more likely to face no legal consequences. The disparity remains no matter the circumstances and has persisted for decades. [MORE]. Additionally, although Black males make up only 7% of the entire population they constitute 34% of all unarmed persons killed by police.
With regard to hiring more Black and Latino cops, Vitale explains, “there is now a large body of evidence measuring whether the race of the individual officers affects their use of force. Most studies show no effect. More distressingly, a few indicate that black officers are more likely to use force or make arrests, especially of Black civilians.” Conversely, it is rare for a black police officer to use excessive force against a white person. In fact, according to Anon, in the history of modern law enforcement there have been only a handful of instances of a black police officer shooting or killing an unarmed white person. This is not surprising but it is absolute proof that the black individual operating within a system of white supremacy cannot mistreat whites even if he or she is wearing a uniform, a badge, and carrying a gun." [MORE].
Dr. Blynd plainly states, “People who are awake see cops are mercenary security guards that remind us daily, through acts of force, that we are simultaneously both enemies and slaves of the Corporate state - colonized, surveilled and patrolled by the desensitized and lobotomized drones of the colonizers.”
Liberal reforms may better conceal the system of RSW but our status as “enemies and slaves” will remain so long as we are subjected to governmental authority in a white over Black system. Accountability for cops purposefully remains incidental, random, accidental or symbolic by design in a system of injustice. Indeed, through the doctrine of sovereign immunity court’s apply the law of the jungle to cops and their relationship to people. We are bound by the written law but those who wrote the law are bound by the law of the jungle. [MORE] Yet unaccountability is merely a symptom of the root problem of governmental authority.
Government “authority” can be summed up as the right to rule. “The concept of “government” is about certain people having some special right to rule. And that idea, the notion that some people – as a result of elections or other political rituals, for example – have the moral right to control others, in situations where most people would not, is the concept being addressed here. It is the idea that some people have the moral right to forcibly control others, and that, consequently, those others have the moral obligation to obey.” [MORE]
According to statist belief “the people” have delegated powers to politicians. And politicians have transferred or given police the moral right to commit acts of unprovoked violence on people. That is, police officers have acquired the moral right to initiate violence and commit acts of aggression against others (by way of so-called “laws”) “to protect” the people for their own benefit. [MORE]
Question here: can you delegate a right to someone that you don’t have? where does authority, the right to rule others, come from? Asked differently, you don’t have the right to initiate unprovoked acts of force against other people - so how can you delegate or authorize another person to do such things? How did police acquire such super-human powers?
Undeceiver Larken Rose states, “Despite all of the complex rituals and convoluted rationalizations, all modern belief in “government” rests on the notion that mere mortals can, through certain political procedures, bestow upon some people various rights which none of the people possessed to begin with. The inherent lunacy of such a notion should be obvious. There is no ritual or document through which any group of people can delegate to someone else a right which no one in the group possesses, And that self-evident truth, all by itself, demolishes any possibility of legitimate “government.
The average person believes that “government” has the right to do numerous things that the average individual does not have the right to do on his own. The obvious question then is, How, and from whom, did those in “government” acquire such rights? How, for example – whether you call it “theft” or “taxation”– would those in “government” acquire the right to forcibly take property from those who haw earned it? No voter has such a right. So how could voters possibly have given such a right to politicians? All modern statism is based entirely on the assumption that people can delegate rights they don’t have.” [MORE]
FUNKTIONARY explains government and authority are empty representations or granfalloons. Rose states, “the belief in “authority,” which includes all belief in “government,” is irrational and self-contradictory; it is contrary to civilization and morality, and constitutes the most dangerous, destructive superstition that has ever existed. Rather than being a force for order and justice, the belief in “authority” is the arch-enemy of humanity.”
Dr. Blynd states “There is no freedom in the presence of so-called authority, i.e. outside of one's Self and Self-Nature.) He further states, authority is rule through coercion. The real threat to "authority" is the masses overcoming info-gaps and verigaps through self-knowledge and the proliferation of symbols of opposition, not crime or destruction of property.”
Government and our belief in it is the problem. As explained, people cannot delegate rights they do not have, which makes it impossible for anyone to acquire the right to rule (”authority”). People cannot alter morality, which makes the “laws” of “government” devoid of any inherent “authority.” Ergo, “authority”-the right to rule-cannot logically exist. [MORE] Governments hold people in prisons called “nations.” The US “prison nation” is a free range prison in which the rulers allow certain “freedoms” but you can always be placed into greater confinement. The “citizens” are the prisoners [citizens are “those who instinctively seek permission or ask themselves whether or not they are allowed to do anything before they act”.] The bottom line reality here is 1) obedience to servitude or 2) jail. Recognizing reality and dropping nonsense that has been programmed into us is rebellion. Advocates for police reform or its abolishment should “see it” for what it really is - petitioning/begging your masters for better treatment on the plantation. Such an approach with a different consciousness is a way to make the best of a bad situation. ‘You thereby express a preference but consent to the authority of no one.’ [MORE] Are there other ways to respond to this situation?
For greater understanding FUNKTIONARY teaches the following:
Prison Nation - U.S. Citizen - Unnecessarily Suffering citizen and enemy of the state -freely deluded to imagine otherwise.
Statism - the belief "citizens"' and "states" exist and the memetic thought patterns supporting such beliefs. 2) the religion of oppression and domination coupled with the science of exploitation and sociopathic control. 3) the opiate of the so-called Elites. 4) a philosophy that idealizes majority rule gang force (authority) over individual authenticity (autonomy). 5) servitude over liberty and statutes over humanity. So long as "states"' are viewed and accepted as natural, normal, reality-based and inevitable, they will continue to violently abstract humans into extinction. Statism is mind control; people both unwillingly and willingly surrender their property (labor being one's most inviolable property) to men and women pretending to be "governors,"" "commissioners," and "presidents" etc. because they believe they are "citizens" of a so-called "state" and must pay their proverbial "fair share" to support such abstractions or fictions of law. Just using statism against itself proves bureaucrats never have a case regardless of what they "charge" someone with. "Statism and it's supporting political theology do not exist in people's minds to promote freedom or protect 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:" it's pure mind control to divert our attention away from the actions of anti-social individuals (sociopaths) who are so desperate to "protect" us they are willing to kill us and steal our property." -Marc Stevens. (See: DOME. Beliefs, Landmine Legislation, Scrapitalism, Standing, Subject Matter Jurisdiction. Judicial Victimization, States. Holodeck Court, Allegiance. Anarchy, Society, Civilization, Citizens, Monopoly Capitalism The Golem, Government Paradox, Granfalloons, Corporate State. Government, Servitude. Stalinize, Property, Standing & Monopoly).
Corporate Police State - the enforcer of the commodification of life within the Spectacle Surveillance Society. Anyone who thinks that he or she is immune to the baseless destruction of his or her life (including immediate family members) by a "government" or corporation does live in a happy menagerie—enjoy your illusions. (See: GUPI & Judicial Victimization)
Corporate State - an asexual, amoral, fictionalized group-entity "created" and operated by thieves (territorial gangsters) who endeavor via illusion and coercion to enforce slavery in the guise of "civilization," form over reality, and law over humanity. 2) Enfranchised crime. 3) The "Law" of Club & Fang. 4) a Shakedown Racket. 5) "A territorial monopoly of compulsion. As soon as you grant it anything, you have given it everything." -Hans Herman Hoppe. All Corporate States are rogue states by nature. Corporate State is hierarchy institutionalized as the only acceptable and unquestionable decision-making paradigm of rule by the compelled consent of the ruled. Corporate State is created by criminals who use deadly force if you don't comply with their dictates of compelled conformance and you have no other choice than to leave and become domiciled in another similar Rogue State. "The more corrupt the State, the more numerous the laws." -Tacitus (55-117 A.D.) "The State is basically a protection racket. The fact that it incidentally provides a few beneficial services merely camouflages its essential role as enforcer of the money-commodity (sic) economy, without which most of the artificially maintained conflicts of interest that now provide a pretext for the State would lose their rationale." -Ken Knabb. With respect to taxes and taxation by the Corporate State, the lucid anarchist-activist, Kenneth Rexroth, had this to say: "The state does not tax you to provide you with services. The state taxes you to kill you. The services are something which it has kidnapped from you in your organic relations with your fellow man, to justify its police and war-making powers." (See: Formal Education, Territorial Gangsters, Hierarchy, Democracy, Crime, Stationary Bandits, Monopoly Capitalism, Cooperative Federalism, Corporation, Fascism, Granfalloon, Reification, Constitution, Declaration of Undie-Pendence, Nations, Terrorism, Taxtortion, Crimethlnc., "Credit" & Group-Entity)
"Government" - Latinized Greek ("Gubernatlo" = control; and from the Latin "menre" = mind; "The control of the mind." 2) an abstraction (hoax) created for the sole purpose of making theft respectable and mind-control acceptable. 3) the societal manifestation of mass individual psychological reversal, i.e., the statutes, regulations, agencies, and agents (so-called bureaucrats) needed to threaten and shrink one's comfort zone. 4) a granfalloon. 5) a fiction supported by those who kill on command and steal on demand under the guise of "protecting" their victims.
The outworking of history consistently demonstrates that government will, in spite of the Bill of Rights, arrogate all power to itself eventually, if the people don't act to prevent it. You have rights alright, just don't get caught exercising them, O.K.? "Government" is simply, unequivocally, and always initiation of force or coercion and nothing else.
Official "government" is disorganized, politicized; centralized; canonized and revered initiation of force, but it is no less initiation of force and coercion than any unofficial singular action of the same offensive or violent content.
"Government" is an abstract infinite entity acting as a possessive noun. There is not a single line in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or any governmental document that states that a natural person will be left alone as long as she or he does not impose upon another or others.
By commission and omission, all official decrees make clear that a human is regarded as owned property or resource of the god called "Corporate State."
It is controlling the lives, energy and property of others that requires coercive force and this is its sole function.
Endorsing the lie of an imagined abstract collective interest supports the very concept that gives rise to all covert and overt oppression.
"The government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of the way. It does not keep the country free.
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way." -Kirkpatrick Sale. The wayward notion that government redistributes wealth is widely held as sacrosanct as it is patently false. There are redistributes aspects, sure, but that's as close as it gets. "As long as government is allowed to exist, it will everywhere keep growing and getting worse.
Nearly everything that "governments" do (i.e., those with wholly symbolic roles "running" it, and who perform acts in its name) is grounded in fear.
Government will cease to exist when people cease to grant it legitimacy—in other words stop believing in it, stop looking to it for solutions to problems in their lives, and stop supporting it." -Fred Woolworth.
Government has failed at every attempt in 6,000 years of recorded history.
Government atrocities—carried out by irrational functionaries, economic hit men, soldiers, diplomats, emissaries, etc., under every possible flavor or form of government—have littered the bloody pages of recorded history. Government is the indisputable greatest purveyor of murder, mayhem, genocide, exploitation, rape, forced starvation, pillage and chaos in the annals of humanity.
Government does not need to be abolished; merely rendered obsolete through seeing it for what it truly is—a prime manufacturer of poverty, brutal oppression, violence, coercion, conformity and fear.
The monetary genius E.C. Riegel once wrote that petitioning to government is like writing to Santa Claus.
Government has created its own necessity by making people (its fictitious subject-citizens) fearful of the violence it creates by the effects of its very existence— in the form of violent criminals and external aggressors. "Government is men and women providing services on a compulsory basis; pay or get shot. To be legitimate they would have to drop their guns and provide their services on a voluntary basis. However, the moment they do so, they cease to be a government. That's quite the conundrum." -Marc Stevens.
Government is at the root of the cycle of violence—you run to it for protection and run from it out of fear for your life. The Slaughterhouse is to cattle as "government" is to people.
"Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." -U.S. "President" Ronald 'McDonald' Reagan.
"The only idea they have ever manifested as to what is a government of consent, is this—that it is one to which everybody must consent, or be shot." - No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority, Lysander Spooner.
Men and women calling themselves "government" violently impose themselves on victims labeled "citizens," and "ordain" scriptures called "laws" that define the way "government" sanctions business as a crime by providing services over the barrel of a gun.
What exactly is "government?" Have you ever seen a "government?" While there are varying degrees, "government" very simply is "one man violently controlling the life and property of another man." In some places this violent control is "decreed" to be for the latter's "own good" and "protection" and hailed as the "best system in the world." Because it's based on violence, there are no "states" or "nations," "states" being "voluntary associations."
You may recognize that violent control over a man's life and property is what we like to call—slavery. Slavery is a form of "government," and in most cases, if not all, synonymous with "government." [MORE]